Some very sad news

Yesterday I heard the news that Mick Karn is very seriously ill. Mick Karn was the bass player in 80’s band ‘Japan’ and went on to have a solo career and several really innovative collaborations.

Here’s the news from the Mick Karn site:

With great sadness we regret to inform you that Mick has recently been diagnosed with advanced stages of cancer. Mick is currently in a positive mood and undergoing further tests and treatment. His family and friends are close with him, supporting him in practical ways, and surrounding him with their love, friendship and care.

Mick has been struggling financially for some considerable time now and we are hoping that this appeal may help to raise funds for any necessary treatment and perhaps go some way towards providing a small degree of financial support whilst Mick’s immediate family provide the care and comfort we would all wish for him. We are hoping that his friends, fans and musical colleagues will, over the coming months, offer any support they feel capable of giving. Quite aside from the sheer brunt of daunting medically-related costs, Mick’s clear and major concern is for the security and well being of his wife and young son.

If you would like to make a donation whether as an individual or as a group, you can do so via the paypal link below which has been set up for this sole and express purpose. Any support you are able to give, no matter how small, could make a difference in helping Mick cope during this difficult period. His friends will be looking at a variety of ways to raise funds.

If you would simply like to leave your kind messages of support for Mick, please do so, here: Messages

Steve Jansen has kindly agreed to donate all proceeds from the sale of any Mick Karn portrait from his website to the Mick Karn Appeal. The images can be purchased from

We will keep you all updated as often as we can.

Please do note that news is released with Mick’s full approval.

Whilst I know that this isn’t mobile music news I felt very strongly that I ought to post this as Mick has been a very strong influence on my own music and I’ve always found his work to be interesting, inspiring and thought provoking.

If you’ve never heard of Mick Karn you should check out some of his work. I’ve included an iTunes link below.
Mick Karn

It is always sad to hear of a great musician going through extreme difficulty, and my thoughts are with him and his family. Please check out his music and the appeal at his site here.

1 comment

  1. “Taking Islands in Africa” is my favourite track by Japan. Good luck Mick 🙂

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